Saunders Honda Stadium*
Chester City v Peterborough United
Saturday December 8th, 2007, 3pm
By Ian Woodhams
(Peterborough United fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)?
I was looking forward to
visiting the ground as I had never been before.
I wasn't looking forward to the train journey or
the expected run from the ground to catch our
The journey from
We headed for the ‘supporters club’ in an effort to get out of the torrential rain and to have a quick drink before the match. We were asked if we were members and we explained that we were indeed away supporters. The guy on the door asked how many of us there were and said we could enter after paying £1. This was very much appreciated and we mixed with both sets of fans already in there.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground.
My first impressions
of the ground was that it was much smaller
than I had expected. The away end had seats
and the roof appeared to fall short in
covering it all. I noticed that the home end
behind the goal was traditional terracing and
I felt rather envious of the people stood
there. We were also allocated part of the West
Stand but only a handful of posh fans were
itself was a poor affair in awful
conditions. Both teams struggled to cope
with the heavy pitch and passing was erratic
Getting away from the
ground meant we had to jog a couple of miles
to catch our train. Being twice the age of my
younger companions, I ended up lagging behind
and decided to walk. I asked for directions
and everyone took pity on a middle-aged man
looking like he was about to have a heart
attack and pointed me in the right direction.
I walked onto the train just as the guard was
blowing his whistle, which was a huge relief
to me and a mild source of amusement to the
day out bearing in mind we spent more of the
day on trains as we did off them. The result
was far better than expected and the
hospitality fantastic. One thing that I did
notice during my laboured walk to the
station, was how beautiful the town centre
* Saunders Honda were the
stadium sponsors at this time. It was previously
called the Deva Stadium, but is now called the
Exacta Stadium under a new corporate sponsorship.
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